Weekly Digest 8.12.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 8/15/22-8/19/22

WELCOME BACK PUMAS!  We missed you and are excited to see you soon.  

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    • Elementary School welcome
    • Registration information
    • Girls on the Run program
    • Transition Day information
    • Student Chromebooks
    • Student announcements
    • Middle School welcome
    • High School welcome
    • Counseling Digest
    • 2022-2023 athletic information
    • Friends Office welcome
    • Meets and greets next week
    • Pete's Cornhole Tournament
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW! BVSD Annual Data Update

If you have not yet done BVSD's Annual Data Update (ADU) for your students, please complete that process as soon as possible.  All Peak to Peak families should complete the "Annual Data Update".  Families can also familiarize themselves with the BVSD Student Rights and Responsibilities information, but Peak to Peak has a separate student handbook that families sign off on as part of our August registration forms.  Here is a link to BVSD's ADU Webpage.  

NEW!  Food Services Update
We are so excited that your student will be on campus next week and participating in the Peak to Peak food services program!  This year we will NOT BE OFFERING FREE MEALS FOR ALL.  This decision was made by the USDA.  Just a reminder that your student must have available funds in their account in order to purchase food. Drop boxes for cash or check payments can be found in the lobby of the South building or in the cafeteria.  Credit card payments can be made through https://www.mypaymentsplus.com (MPP).  You must have your student ID# in order to set up the MPP account.  Please choose P2P as the district, NOT BVSD.
MyPaymentsPlus allows viewing of current balances, payment/purchase history, and setting parameters for an auto-replenish using a credit card.  By choosing this option, electronic mail will notify you when funds run low. If there is a need for financial assistance, applications for the free and reduced lunch program are available in the front office or can be downloaded from the Peak to Peak website.
With the rising cost of food, gas, and delivery surcharges, we are forced to increase our prices for this upcoming year.  These increases are in alignment with the BVSD district.  Prices are as follows:
K-12 Breakfast:  $2.50
K-5 Lunch: $4.00
6-8 Lunch:  $4.25
9-12 Lunch:  $4.50
Please feel free to contact me at 303-453-4782 if you need help resolving any issues.
Take good care,
Elizabeth Begley
Food Services Program Manager  


NEW! Traffic and Parking Plan 2022-2023 

Please review this K-12 traffic plan and this campus map which highlight the traffic flow for daily drop-off and pick-up of students.  For the first few weeks of school, traffic on campus will undoubtedly be heavy and congested, so please be patient and considerate.  Please follow the guidelines to allow for a safer and more pleasant experience.  Also, keep in mind that traffic will improve in a few weeks as carpools get established and people stagger the times that they arrive.  Please note that Puma Drive is a one-way entrance at all times, and Canterbury Drive is a one-way exit at all times.  Also, please DO NOT park on the side streets off Spaulding Street.  These are private drives and we want to honor our neighbors.  


NEW!  Composting & Recycling

Please help our student community compost and recycle appropriately! Please view these slides with your student(s) prior to the first day back and gently remind them to look for signs in a cafeteria on where to correctly put their items. Additionally, we need help with cafeteria volunteers for the two weeks of school. If you have time to help us during one or more lunches, please sign up using the URL:  https://url.peaktopeak.org/lunchhelp. Your main role will be to stand by a compost/recycling station and re-norm students.
Thank you so much for your support!
Monika Bunting and Christie French


NEW! COVID Protocols 

Any individual who tests positive for COVID must isolate at home for at least 5 days after symptoms began and until:  

  1. They have had no fever for at least 24 hours — without the use of fever-reducing medicines,  AND 

  2. Symptoms are improving.  If symptoms do not develop, count 5 days from when the test was administered

Individuals are then recommended to wear a well-fitted mask for the next 5 days when around others. A negative COVID test is NOT required to return after testing positive.  Families no longer need to notify the school of positive cases.   

Masks are optional for students, staff, and community members on site. 

Finally, BVSD and Peak to Peak will no longer have COVID testing on site.  Here is the list of testing sites for your convenience:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing



NEW! Communication Pathways 
At Peak to Peak, we strive for positive, open, and inclusive, two-way communication with our families. To facilitate this goal and to ensure we can address your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, we use The Communication Pathways as a problem-solving strategy and the Principals for Effective Dialogue to guide a positive experience. The Communication Pathways create an effective and respectful process to resolve and address issues that arise. We have found our dialogue to be particularly productive and mutually beneficial when all parties adhere to the recommended Principles for Productive Dialogue. Please know that when you are seeking information or answers to questions, we always welcome conversations with any member of our community.  


NEW! RTD Information

There is an RTD bus stop on the west end of campus near the intersection of Merlin Drive and Spaulding Street. Please visit the RTD website for routes and information. Currently, there seem to be only 3:01 and 4:11 PM pick-up times.  We strongly urge any families that would like those times changes to directly contact RTD.  They adjusted the times based on community input.  

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)


NEW!  Welcome to Our Elementary School 

Welcome to 2022-2023 at Peak to Peak Elementary!  We are so eager to join you this year as we can once again gather in full force and come together as a school community. The year ahead brings much excitement and anticipation of wonderful things to come. Our teachers have been hard at work, even through the summer, preparing classrooms and learning experiences. We can’t wait to see the students next week, and look forward to many wonderful events. Our teaching teams are listed here, and we hope you will introduce yourself to new staff members and say hello to returning staff members as you come to campus. 

A few reminders about important events this coming week:

Please reach out with any questions or ideas, and know that we are hoping to make this a wonderful year with much more time for building school community, learning, and adventure. See you soon!

Melissa Christensen, Elementary Principal

Alison Berman, Elementary Assistant Principal 


NEW! Elementary Registration Information

  • Same days as assessments:  Monday, August 15th, Tuesday, August 16th or Wednesday, August 17th any time between 8:00 AM-3:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday (most families come during their testing time) 
  • Location:  South Gym to begin, Health Room, and Library Media Center (LMC) for 5th grade students only to pick up devices
  • Students will have school photos taken
  • Please click on the following link for the registration section of our website to complete all necessary steps and forms and bring the completed forms to registration: Registration Forms and Information
  • Peak to Peak is working with BVSD to launch a 1:Web program for 5th-12th grade students beginning in Fall 2022. For more information, please visit our website. Prior to registration, be sure to fill out the 1:Web agreement for your 5th-12th grade students.  Fifth grade students will pick up their device in the LMC.
  • Health Room Reminders:  Emergency information is updated when you complete your ADU updates.  You only need to stop by the Health Room if you have medications for the school or paperwork to turn in for this school year.  Exemptions have to be signed annually.  HERE is a link to our medical forms if you need them.  BVSD HEALTH INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES 2022-2023
  • Elementary supply lists (supplies should be turned in to their homeroom teacher during their August assessment time):  School Supply Lists
  • 4th & 5th grade summer reading:  Summer Reading Lists 

NEW!  Girls on the Run Program
Peak to Peak will be offering Girls on the Run this fall starting September 13th and running through November 17th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 5K run/walk race with fun lessons, activities, and games. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:45 PM. The program is open to all 3rd,4th, and 5th-grade girls. Registration opens on August 1st. For more information about the program or to register, please go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org. Questions? Ask Mindy Justice.

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)


NEW! Secondary Transition Day

Middle School Transition Day is Monday, August 15th from 8:00-11:30 AM and is for all 6th grade students.  Students will meet in the northwest gym.  All 7th and 8th grade students NEW to Peak to Peak will meet in the south lobby from 10:00-11:00 AM.  

High School Transition Day is Monday, August 15th from 8:00-11:30 AM and is for all 9th grade students.  Students should meet in the northeast gym.      

NEW! Secondary Student Chromebooks

6th through 9th grade students:  If you are a current 6th through 9th grade student who DID NOT get their device this past Wednesday during secondary registration, students can stop by the Library Media Center (LMC) during school hours (7:55 AM-3:10 PM) on Monday 8/15th through Wednesday 8/17th.

10th through 12th grade students:  If you are a current 10th through 12th grade student who opted into our 1:Web device program you will receive your device soon.  Please do not go to the LMC and wait for communication on when the devices arrive and when to pick them up.  If you haven't yet signed up to opt into getting a device, please stop by the Hub office to pick up a form.


Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

No announcements this week.



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Middle School News (grades 6-8)


NEW!  Welcome Back Middle School Pumas!
Dear Middle School Students and Families,
This week, staff members have been busy preparing for students’ return with great joy and optimism for a fantastic school year ahead! We are hopeful for a more normal school year ahead with opportunities to connect via long-standing Peak to Peak traditions and through fresh initiatives at the middle school this year. We have a veteran staff returning to work with your middle schooler(s), and also welcome the following new members to our team: Addie Damron (Teaching Assistant - Spanish), Ashley DiManna (K-8 MTSS Support Coordinator), Lee Heekin (Visual Arts), Ian Henning (Secondary Choir), Tim Laramy (Social Studies), Erin Manzanares (Physical Education), Abbey Yaron (Counselor, last names A-K), and Eva Ziemkiewicz (Teaching Assistant - Math). We actively encourage a team approach to all we do in these first few weeks and throughout our upcoming school year, so please know we are here to collaborate with you in creating a positive experience for each Puma. Our school’s K-12 essential question this year continues to focus on...please click on MS Welcome Back Digest Article to read the entire article. 


High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  High School Fall Welcome From Principal Mathews

Dear High School Students, Parents, and Guardians: 

Welcome to our 23rd year as an independent and innovative high school of choice! This letter is to update you on new developments and set the schedule and tone for fall so all of our teens have a successful in-person launch to the new school year. As we move into the coming weeks, please keep in close contact with me, our counselors, and the teaching staff.  We want to hear about and respond to your needs; we truly want you to have a great experience, and that starts with getting to know each of you personally and designing our best academic and support plans for each of our Pumas. That’s who we are and why we’re here. 

Our connections as a community are incredibly important to us. We know and appreciate that...please click High School Fall Welcome to read the entire article. 


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




NEW! Secondary 2022-2023 Athletics Information 
  • Registration for the 2022-2023 athletic seasons opened on July 28th! This year all sports will be available for registration at the start of the school year. All athletes must be registered prior to the start of their season:  Online Registration
  • Physicals: Please email a digital copy to Lenore Knox. All athletes must have a valid physical on file prior to the start of their season. 
  • For the most up-to-date information on your sport and season, please check out our athletic website:  ATHLETICS.  

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)



NEW!  Welcome From Friends Office

Welcome Puma families to the 2022-2023 school year ~ we are so excited to kick off another great year at Peak to Peak with all of you! We can't wait to meet all of our newest Puma families and look forward to seeing all of you over the next few weeks. About Friends of Peak to Peak: In partnership with the Peak to Peak community and external partners, Friends of Peak to Peak exists to build support and raise essential funds for Peak to Peak Charter School towards its vision to inspire students to fulfill their academic dreams for college, to develop their creative passions and athletic talents, and to become responsible community members. We invite you to learn more about Friends of Peak to Peak and how you can be involved by visiting our webpage.  


NEW!  Meet and Greets Next Week 

We invite all of our newest secondary families who are dropping off a student for transition day Monday, August 15th (6th and 9th grade) to stop by our tent in the front circle for a casual meet and greet from 8:00-9:00 AM. This is a great time to come check out the school, meet a few of our mentor families, and ask any questions you may have.  

All Puma families are welcome to join us in our front quad for our first day of school festivities on Thursday, August 18th. After sending your Puma off to class, please come by to say hi, grab some coffee and join other Puma parents and guardians as we kick off our first day with all grades on campus. This will be a great opportunity to meet some members of our board of directors and leadership team as well as other Puma families. We hope to see you there! 


NEW!  Puma Pete's Cornhole Tournament

Calling all cornhole fans! Please join us for our 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, August 28th at the Arapahoe YMCA. All are invited to register a team to compete (JV or Varsity bracket) or just come cheer our teams on as a spectator.  There are only a select number of teams available for each bracket so if you'd like to play please register as soon as possible.  For more information please visit our event site. Special thank you to Atlas Valley Purveyors, Upslope Brewing, and the Arapahoe Y for their support. 

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Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

We are very excited to welcome our volunteers back on campus this year!   We look forward to seeing you.

  • Volunteers for elementary registration next week!:  Please sign up here to help with elementary registration taking place next week!
  • Volunteers for back-to-school events:  Please sign up here to help with the corn hole tournament, homecoming tailgate and more!  We appreciate our volunteers and welcome you on campus!
  • Volunteers needed for High School and Middle School math:  Ms. Chakraborty-Spotts is seeking volunteers for her 4th and 6th period classes.  She would provide the materials and support.  Please contact her directly, anita.chakraborty-sp@bvsd.org.
  • Cafeteria recycling and composting volunteers needed for August:  To help our K-12 students re-norm expectations and guidelines around composting and recycling, we're looking for volunteers to help in the cafeteria starting in August. Please see this slideshow to understand how volunteers will help us in the cafeteria and click here to sign-up for one or more dates. Thank you for helping us divert waste from landfills and teach our students about the importance of composting!


Volunteer Information

Once on-site volunteering resumes, we will continue to request fingerprints from anyone who intends to volunteer more than once during the school year.  If you had your fingerprints done previously and completed our volunteer waiver and release form then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please make sure you have a photo volunteer ID card with a barcode on the back.  If you do not have a photo ID card please stop by the Volunteer Station at registration or contact the office staff.  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis or 303-453-4682 to verify your volunteer status if you are unsure.

If you only intend to volunteer once then you will be required to do the background check (not fingerprints) and the volunteer waiver and release form each year.  You will be given a one-time volunteer ticket to turn in when you volunteer the one time.  Please follow this link to print them or pick them up at registration:  Volunteer Information

Volunteer training is online.  Anyone that is new to the school needs to view this before volunteering.  If you have previously attended or taken the volunteer training you do not need to do it again.  It’s a good idea for returning volunteers to view this as well for a refresher on protocols.  Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information.  It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.

Your Volunteer Team would love to hear from you. If you have any interest in volunteering for anything at all but do not know where to start please email either Allie Cross or Rachel Hirt, Volunteer Coordinators.  They would love to meet you!  

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